Just archiving here for the record books. Actual details/notes can be found on the app’s Facebook page here.
My grandfather fought in WWII and I make silly animations, artwork and games/apps. It’s embarrassing but that’s how it goes…
Super POTUS Trump is a “mini” indie video game I made as a tribute to President Trump. It’s currently available now for Windows on Steam and soon should be available for iPad as well (pending Apple review).
While I describe the game as “mini” the effort it took to produce it was quite the opposite. At face value the game may not seem like a very big project since a person with average gaming/computer skills could play through the entire thing within 45 minutes (or less). But the making of this game was, by FAR, the biggest, most exhausting personal/hobby project I’ve ever undertaken. Not only was it my first time building a game with the (awesome) unity3d.org game engine – it also involved a ton of iPad artwork production, C# coding, audio hunting/editing, learning an entirely new game store workflow (SteamWorks, on top of Apple) and just about every social media/web skill I could muster as well. For the past ~6 months this project was pretty much a black hole that sucked up every free minute I could find.
While it was a lot of work it was, for the most part, a ton of fun. I do have to admit that towards the end I started wondering if I would ever finish it, questioning why in the world I was making it and wondered the odds that anyone else would even care or enjoy, etc. Fortunately I didn’t give up, called it “done” about a week ago and since then it’s been release for Windows and sent to Apple for review.
I have to say it was hard to call it “done” as there were so many ideas I had that I just had to leave out otherwise I’d never finish it! I told myself *IF* I lived through it and if more than 12 people enjoy this version I *MIGHT* consider making an Episode 2 (since a lot of the coding/etc would already be done). But I can’t even think about that right now!! …
Few Development-Related Images
Given how greuling things got near the end I have to say comments/reviews like this sure are great to read:
This is just art. Not a game but a piece of art. 10/10 would play again.
– Razor_One (Steam)
And this one just nails it too – we won’t hold it against him that he didn’t vote for Trump 🙂 :
No, I didn’t vote for Trump (and god no I didn’t vote for Hillary), but I love you none-the-less for making this! Your passion and inspiration shows. You should feel proud of your accomplishment! (Also love the Russian theme thrown in. The part Russian in me adores it!) …
– Shrodu (Steam)
There have been a few naysayers but thanks to how Steam works you can’t leave a negative review unless you’ve installed the game so hopefully that means not very many haters will bother spamming the reviews – which as of today are holding mostly in the Positive category.
In case it’s not obvious I did not make this game to get warm fuzzies reading positive reviews or to rake in the few dollars it hopefully makes to at least make small dent in the the few hundred I sank into making it. I made this game as my tribute to President Trump and to show the world (or maybe just 23 people) that Trump’s support is strong and made up of rationale, talented people whose bond with the man can not be shaken. With the non-stop onslaught of self-righteousness, condescension and vicious calls for violence coming from the news media, Hollywood, college cry-babies and all the other far-lefties in between I felt I simply had no choice but to make this game.
I am well aware this is just a small silly game and I don’t imagine it will get that much attention – outside a few fellow indie gamer fans and friends/family I’m sure the install base will be pretty small. But knowing that even just a few people will see it – whether they’re pro-Trump or not – it will have been worth it.
Thanks to everyone who tries it out! … and thank you, President Trump!
I realize some friends/family may not be able to play the game so at some point I may create a video showing a little bit of each level of the game so people can see it that way. In the meantime if you can stomach random people on YouTube I’ve started collecting videos about the game made by other, random people on YouTube – most of them include gameplay video of some level. Here’s that playlist if you want to see video gameplay sooner vs later.
First I have to apologize that this doesn’t look very much like the person it’s supposed to be. I’m not a classical illustrator who can crank out spitting image likenesses of people easily. Sometimes I can brute force my way to something close with enough hacking at it – but not my usual forte.
… But my lack of skills aside, this illustration is my humble homage to the legendary, Gavin McInnes.
I could write paragraphs on the genius, accomplishments and hilarity of this man. But since I don’t have that kind of time I have to unfairly, brutishly sum him up in ugly bullet points:
- He’s a writer, actor, comedian (and then some)
- He wrote “The Death of Cool: From Teenage Rebellion to the Hangover of Adulthood”
- He co-founded VICE Media (but left after they sold their souls)
- He helped get Trump elected
- He is kind of everywhere …
- Do NOT let your young kids watch him (he sometimes says things that make Howard Stern look like a blushing introvert!)
Like Milo Yiannopoulos, Gavin is originally from another country (Canada) but lives in the US now and fights for America’s future by pushing back against social and political nonsense (normally coming from the regressive left). In my opinion he is brilliant, hillarious and a true American hero and I “like him more than a friend.”
I’m proud of your boy, Gavin.
A bit he does on his CompoundMedia.com show where he talks about books while he cooks by the fire … cracks me up every time.
You know I think I have some weird obsession with the moon. If you go to the main page of my blog right now 4 of the pictures there have a giant, full moon in them. Weird.
Anyhow … a few weeks ago I got the urge to paint a window scene of some kind. Here’s the final result after kicking it around for a few minutes every couple days.
The most fun I had with this was doing the curtains and the wallpaper. Neither of them are amazing or anything but something about making them was fun and a bit outside my usual techniques. The thing I feel most bad about is the small picture frame to the right center. I wish I could have found a way to shine more light over there because that little picture was fun … but since it’s so dark over there you really can’t see/appreciate it. I also I really wanted to introduce some kind of animal or character in there but I think it would have been too crowded so I resisted … maybe next time. As usual I used Procreate on the iPad to make this.
Until next time! …
Ever since I created my Wooden Clock for iPad app I wanted to update it to have the option of letting users pick from an assortment of different clock types for some variety once in a while. Well after over 2 years and many early weekend mornings I finally got around to doing that and the update just went live in the App Store.
The new skin – the first of hopefully more to come in the future – is the “Tibet” clock. I’ve been fond of Tibet for quite some time … probably in large part due to the film “Seven Years in Tibet” and my eternal fascination with Mount Everest – so I figured that theme would be as good as any to start out with.
The App Store database isn’t entirely updated yet so here’s the details of the new version in case it doesn’t appear in the App Store yet:
A brand-new clock has been added … the “Tibet” clock!
The new Tibet clock was hand-carved, assembled and painted in the majestic foothills of Mount Everest near the city of Lhasa. Ok … actually it was all done in Photoshop and a text editor in a dark office .. but that’s almost as inspiring right?! In any case I hope everyone enjoys the new clock!
First – in standard fashion I have to insert a disclaimer here that while I am calling this the new “Tibet” clock, I in no way am implying that I am capable of producing authentic, Tibetan artwork nor is the clock I’ve constructed anything anyone who actually lives in Tibet would recognize or find attractive at all. This is simply my humble attempt at creating a visual homage to Tibet … as well as a geek from the US suburbs is capable of anyway.
I did do some research on Tibetan furniture and artwork before starting. As one might imagine a large part of Tibetan culture and artwork is based on the Buddhist religion – but for various reasons I steered clear of that route and went with a more general, flowery and colorful approach instead. But even with that generic approach, I do hope the final product gives that classic Tibetan vibe … the bright yellows and reds against a bright blue (mountain) sky. On a technical note – the flowers and leaves on the clock were painted with the Procreate app on my iPad and the rest of the clock was created using Photoshop.
While I was packaging things up I went ahead and updated the app icon a bit too. I’m not in love w/the new version but like it much more than the last one I used.
The update with the new Tibet clock went live on the App Store today so users will get it the next time they update. If anyone has ideas or suggestions on new clocks I could add in the future swing by the Facebook page and post it!
Oh yeah – here’s the short app preview in included in this update – it shows the new clock in action!
Ok so the silly graphic I made for this post is not entirely accurate. Adobe Flash did not die … but for all intents and purposes it did back in 2010 when Steve Jobs wrote his infamous letter about it. While Adobe made some smart moves since then to stay in the game it definitely was somewhat forced to move on from being the primary, most popular platform for creating slick animation and interactive experiences on the web.
While I do enjoy the new frontiers of design and development my job and hobbies involve that, sadly, have little to nothing to do with Flash, I have to say it’s a lot more work to produce stuff as shiny and fun w/the new, non-Flash tools we use today. That may just be a reflection of my skill/experience levels not being what they should be … but I also think it’s just a fact that nothing has come around yet that allows designers and animators the ability to create stuff as quickly, as creative and as polished than Adobe Flash did.
Much of my early career invovled a lot of Flash work but as the years go by it becomes harder to keep track of them – let alone keep them online somewhere where eveyone can still access them since no Apple phones/tablets can view them anymore.
Anyhow … I know this whole topic is years old but recently I decided I would create some screencast movies of some of them for safe(r) keeping and to provide a more convenient way to share them w/a world that has for the most part moved on from the “Flash Plugin” days. Anyhow … see below for the Flash things I’ve archived so far. I may/may not add to the list. If you’re bored feel free to play one or two of the below … make sure to click the HD and fullscreen buttons! 🙂
My Portfolio: 1998-2008
What’s It Going to Be 2008
What’s It Going to Be 2006
Baby Announcement (Lincoln)
Guitar Chord Tutor
Think or Swim (Wheel of Fortune)
A Day to Remember
My 1999 Website (so old and cheesy!)
Just a funny fast food branding spoof I wanted to try. 🙂
Here’s a painting I’m calling done since tomorrow is Halloween.
Sometimes Corgan and I will sit down with an iPad in each of our laps and she will decide what we paint (she loves to be in charge). So we’ll paint for a while and maybe pick it up in a day or so (together or on our own) to finish. Anyhow a few weeks ago we had another one of these sessions and this time she decided we would draw an ice cream man on a bridge in a city … so that was where this one originated. Since I took this one farther than I normally do I figured I’d post it … because who doesn’t like the ice cream man, right?
Here’s Corgan’s final version btw 🙂
I’ve been watching a lot of war documentaries this year from WWI to WWII to Korea and Vietnam – so I guess it’s no surprise that some artwork like this would come out. All these documentaries inspire me to create artwork that pays homage to the soldiers and the human achievements and tragedies from all the different wars … but so far I haven’t come up with much besides this yet.
For what it’s worth this piece isn’t really what I intended it to be as it was originally going to be a standalone WWI scene more along the lines of that intense WWI scene in Legends of the Fall – but it morphed into something else. Anyhow even though it falls quite short of conveying what I’d like it to and the fact that it skews things a bit too much towards the USA – I figured I’d finish it off and post it anyhow.
Beyond whatever issues myself or others may have about any given war, at the very least learning about each of them makes me appreciate (and feel plenty guilty about) just how fortunate I am to be able to raise a family in the safety (bubble) of an American suburb. Here’s to all the people, from the past to the present, who have put their lives on the line to defend the freedoms I enjoy today.
Here’s another painting I’ve been kicking around. I considered throwing in a huge robot but decided against that and am calling this done. I may consider doing a follow-up to this because I like the idea of the setting – but we’ll see I guess.
Bears doing safety patrol in the mountains … you know something completely normal!
Man I go from nothing for months to 4 posts within 2 weeks?! Anyhow – here’s another sketch-to-iPad painting that had been sitting around for a while that I’m calling done today. Fortunately I didn’t lose the original this time so here’s the starting point sketch.
The final painted version lost some of the charm of the original sketch I think – but who doesn’t like a sunset by a pond right? I attempted to include the decorative illustration framing in the iPad version but it just didn’t look right so I tossed it. Also for the record this one ended up too dark on computer screens so I had to fuss w/the color in Photoshop so the gradients and color is a bit messy.
PS: This is not that Little Bear character on Nickelodeon … the character voices on that show creep me out!
I’ve meant to post about this for a long time – but it was just one of those things that kept getting put off. But after recently watching a hilarious bit from the comedian Louis C.K. about cell phones and how much we take them for granted (video: Warning Adult Language!) I got the final bit of motivation I needed to get this posted.
Maybe most people are over the initial fascination with “smartphone” era that the iPhone kicked off – but I am still constantly amazed by how much these devices can do and what an integral role mine plays in my day-to-day life. Admittedly I am nerdier than most – I have no idea how my wife manages to walk around 80% of the day w/out her phone on or near her person! – but even though I may be a fringe case who uses the iPhone more than the average bear – and who would be helpless if/when all cell phones stop working – I’m sure everyone can at least appreciate how much these smartphones in our pockets can do.
So – here’s my super nerdy list of all the different ways I use my phone each day. Some days I use only some of these things – others I use almost all of them … But any way you slice it it is just plain insane how much you can do with a smartphone – it really is like a modern Swiss Army knife!
- Family grocery list! (Grocery IQ)
- Exercise (Weight Lifting) (Strong)
- To-Dos and Project Mgmt (Omnifocus)
- Bank Account Mgmt
- Shopping (Amazon, eBay, Starbucks etc)
- Telephone (Remember phones with cords, or the thing you would plug wireless phones into?)
- Text Messages (Would take a book to sum up how this changed everything)
- Digital Camera (“… When I was a kid it took 6 weeks to get your film developed!”)
- Video Camera (Our family video camera in the 90s was the size of a VCR… )
- Music (Google Play)
- Movies (Plex, iMDB, HBOGO, TV Guide)
- Photos (40,000+ of my photos at my finger tips Flickr, FlickrStackr)
- Twitter / Facebook / WordPress (I wrote half this post on my iPhone)
- Clock (the last time I wore a watch was 1997?)
- Encyclopedia (The other day the kids and I did voice search with Google to find “World record longest spaghetti?”… Answer: 12,000 ft).
- Maps / Driving directions
- Medical Advice (WebMD, etc)
- Instant Weather (Dark Sky, Weather Channel)
- Recorder Pro (I love recording audio of my kids, ambient noise, etc)
- Remote Desktop
- Cloud File Access/Mgmt (Dropbox, Box)
- Password Mgmt (LastPass)
- Flashlight (when replacing a video card in my computer under the desk)
- Timer (“10 more minutes on Wii, kids…)
- Podcasts (Pocket Casts)
- Reading Articles “Later” (Instapaper, Pocket)
- Online Video Trainign (Lynda.com)
- iBooks / Audible.com
- Inspiration (TED)
I’m sure I’ve left some stuff out but think I hit all the big ones. So now you know some of my favorite apps – and how nerdy I am. I can’t even imagine how I would do all of the above without my phone- at the very least my desk/office would have a lot of clutter/stuff lying around!
I know it’s probably going to be what kicks off SKYNET and will end up being the death of us all … but until then I am definitely thankful for what my iPhone can do!
Here’s another sketch-to-iPad painting I finished today. Somehow I lost the pencil sketch so I can’t include that here for reference – just imagine this drawing w/out color pretty much.
This scene was just one of those “drawing at the end of the day” type situations where I’m drawing with the kids and I just start drawing whatever comes to mind – so no deep meaning in this one.
I tried a couple times to get the nerve to drop the black lines and force myself to paint it enough to stand on it’s own w/out lines – but I opted (as usual) to take the fast/easy route to crank this out and move on.
I’ve been trying to get out a new iPad painting for a while but no great ideas or inspiration have hit me lately. But for whatever reason this idea popped in my head the other day so I figured I’d get it out of my system. It’s more of a glorified doodle than an iPad “painting” but I’m going to categorize it as the latter so I don’t feel so unproductive lately.
There is no lofty, insightful meaning behind this btw … it’s just a glimpse of a typical day for my brain. Honestly I don’t know how I haven’t gone insane yet… the world is just so @#$%! up and there are far too many things adults are all supposed to deal with, figure out or be perfect at.
Sorry to be a downer though! Go watch a Hayao Miyazaki movie – that will make you feel better for a couple hours 🙂
Here’s a new iPad painting I’ve been kicking around a while that I’m finally calling done so I can move on. As with the last one, I started this one from a sketch I did while drawing w/the kids.
I had fun with this one but it definitely reminded me how hard it is to make realistic water – let alone with reflections, shadow and stuff! But I gave it my best shot.